Cleveland (AP) – The Cleveland Indians are changing their name after 105 years.
Citing three people familiar with the verdict, The New York Times reported on Sunday night that the team had been moving away from a name considered racist for decades. Indians have been discussing a possible name change internally for months.
A spokesman for the team told The Associated Press that no immediate comment has been made on the franchise’s report.
The Times said the team could make a formal announcement later this week. It is not known when the name change will take effect or if the team has settled on a new moniker.
Cleveland’s move away from the Indians follows a similar decision earlier this year by the NFL’s Washington football team, formerly known as the Redins.
In 1901, Native American groups and others protested the Cleveland Indians by their names, as well as other imagery used by the American League Charter franchise established in 1901. Last year, the team removed the controversial Chief Wahoo logo with its cap and jersey. , But the smiling, cartoon mascot remains popular and Mal is still selling his image.
The Indians have had a confrontation with angry fans over the removal of Chief Wahoo and the club is sure to hear more with the decision to change its name.
“Oh no! What’s happening?” President Donald Trump tweeted. “This” is also not good news for Indians. Cancel the culture at work! ”
In July, just hours after several sponsors of Washington’s plans were pressed, including FedEx, which has the football team’s naming rights to the stadium, Cleveland owner Paul Dolan released a statement saying that the team was part of our team’s Will review “Best Path” with name. . “
In the months that followed, the team has consulted with players, front office members, coaching staff, community leaders, share holders and Native American groups.
A few days after Dolan’s statement, Indian manager Terry Francona said it was time to “move forward” with the name change.
“I was thinking about this and before that we were thinking about putting out that statement,” said Francona, who has been with the club since 2013. “I know in the past, when asked about me, is this our name or the main woohoo, I think I’ll usually answer and say that I know we’re never trying to be abusive Huh.
“And I still think so. But I don’t think this is a good enough answer today. I think it’s time to move on. This is a very difficult subject. It is also fragile. “
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